A raid in Virginia


This letter describes a raid on Falls Church, Virginia, by one of the Confederacy’s most daring partisan commanders. John Singleton Mosby and his cavalry, Mosby’s Rangers operated behind Union lines in Northern Virginia, seizing supplies and capturing prisoners. They were seen as “partisans” and not “guerrillas” because they wore Confederate uniforms and were authorized by the Confederate Government.

National Archives, Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands